Everything you need to know about custom embroidery with BuyTshirtsOnline

Whether representing your brand, business, sports team or event, standing out from your competitors is essential – and it’s never been more important to make a great first impression. 

That’s why at Buytshirtsonline, we’re proud to offer custom embroidery that sets you apart. We combine expert craftsmanship with high-quality garments and innovative design techniques, creating custom t-shirts, hoodies and trousers that speak volumes about your professionalism.

In this post, we’ve covered everything you need to know about our custom embroidery service, including what garments are suitable for embroidery, how long it takes, and what to expect when you choose Buytshirtsonline for your custom t-shirts and designs.

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Table of contents

  1. What is custom embroidery?
  2. About custom embroidery at Buytshirtsonline
  3. What garments are suitable for embroidery?
  4. Can you get anything embroidered?
  5. How do you embroider designs on t-shirts?
  6. How long does custom embroidery take?
  7. Our t-shirt embroidery process
  8. Custom t-shirt embroidery at Buytshirtsonline 

What is custom embroidery?

Custom embroidery is the process of stitching your unique design, logo or image onto a garment of your choice, for example, a t-shirt or hoodie

Our embroidery service offers a wide range of thread colours, so no matter your design or idea, it can easily be made into a reality.

Classic race car green hooded sweatshirt by Fruit of the Loom. Two drawstrings extend from the hood. Large pocket at front with access from both sides.

Fruit of the Loom Classic 80/20 hooded sweatshirt

About custom embroidery at Buytshirtsonline

With over a decade of printing experience, Buytshirtsonline is one of the best places for t-shirt embroidery. 

Our staff are passionate about crafting high-quality garments that meet every customer’s requirements, and we use our top-quality digital embroidery machines to create beautiful, professional, and intricate designs in the quickest way possible for our customers. 

Moreover, by mastering the latest technology, our machines recreate the traditional stitching visuals that appeal to most people. These designs are hard-wearing and durable without compromising comfort, resulting in long-lasting garments worth investing in.

What garments are suitable for custom embroidery?

Embroidery includes stitching a design onto fabric, so the garment’s fabric must be high-quality and dense, as otherwise, the design can deteriorate. 

At Buytshirtsonline, we stock a fantastic selection of high-quality wholesale clothing perfect for embroidery. Whether you want personalised polo shirts for your staff or a custom t-shirt to showcase your sports team or event, there’s something for you. 

Here, we’ve covered our most popular collections for t-shirt embroidery and why they make the perfect base for your custom logos, designs and images.  

Wholesale polo shirts

Manufactured with premium fabrics and materials, these wholesale polo shirts provide the perfect base for custom t-shirt embroidery. They are smart and comfortable, effortlessly bridging the gap between casual daytime looks and more formal attire.

Light blue polo shirt by Fruit of the Loom. At the front, the first button has been done, with the second one left open for a more relaxed look.

Fruit of the Loom Original Polo

Available in a wide range of colours, our wholesale polo shirts are ideal for various events, uniforms and teams. So, whether you’re representing a charity event or are looking for ways to unite your sports club, we’re confident we have an option that meets your needs.

We stock options for men, women and children alongside unisex designs, allowing you to kit out your full team in timeless designs that last. 

Long sleeve polo shirts

A warmer option ideal for colder months, our long sleeve polo shirts are an excellent way to motivate your team while representing your business professionally. With top picks from industry-leading manufacturers like Fruit of the Loom and Gildan, you’ll easily find your perfect fit. 

Long-sleeve mustard colour polo shirt with contrasting white stripes along the collars edging.

AWDis Long Sleeve Tipped 100 Polo

Whether you have the chest or sleeves emblazoned with your company logo or designs, the high-quality make-up of these long sleeve polo shirts ensures a standout finish and enduring quality.

Performance polo shirts

Our performance polo shirts are of the utmost quality, perfect for sports teams, workwear, and events. Our collection stocks premium designs by various popular brands, each expertly crafted to ensure a soft-to-the-touch finish that will showcase your custom embroidery beautifully.

Sports team performance polo with two contrasting red stripes along the chest to armpit area, starting from the collar.

Spiro Team Spirit Polo

Wholesale hoodies and sweatshirts

Our wholesale hoodies and sweatshirts, including pull-over and zip-through hoodies, are designed using premium fabrics that are high-quality and soft to the touch. 

Whether you embellish the chest with an embroidered logo or personalise the sleeves to showcase your team name, they ensure a professional look and a quality that will endure no matter how regularly your garment is worn.

Plain light purple jumper, long sleeves. This jumper comes in various colours and can be worn for a wide range of events! Perfect for styling with jeans and trainers.

AWDIS Just Hoods Sweatshirt


Our headwear collection, including caps, beanies, bucket and bobble hats, is perfect for embroidery. You can personalise these hats with your company logo, team names, or a custom design of your choice. Armed with precision, creativity and many years of experience, our highly-skilled team will ensure your team will be proud to wear these custom hats!

Can you get anything embroidered?

Technically, any item can be embroidered. However, it is not recommended to embroider low-density, low-quality garments, as these can become damaged by the stitching process. With this in mind, avoiding custom embroidery on polyester or polycotton garments is best.

Can you embroider a t-shirt?

High-cotton-density items are most suited for custom embroidery, like polo shirts. This is because thicker materials can handle the pulling from the stitching and won’t break down or become damaged.

How do you embroider designs on t-shirts?

At Buytshirtsonline, all our custom t-shirt embroidery is carried out in-house using industry-leading digital machinery. With various colour threads available, we create beautiful, professional, and intricate designs in a highly time-effective manner. 

We offer various t-shirt printing methods, including screen printing, heat transfer, and vinyl prints, offering premium quality with every garment that leaves our warehouse. 

If you want a custom design that is high-quality and durable, embroidery is one of the best options. However, vinyl transfer printing is more suitable for polyester or polycotton fabrics. Not sure what route to take? Contact us today, and a member of our team will be on hand to help you achieve the best results for your project.

A group of young boys celebrate a sporting victory together. They are holding up one team member in the center of the group. They are wearing matching teal sports uniform that have their individual player numbers printed on the back.

How long does custom embroidery take at Buytshirtsonline?

Our highly-skilled team ensures an extremely competitive turnaround of just seven days from when you approve the artwork to us dispatching your orders. We always assure premium quality in every garment that leaves our warehouse. Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at our Trust Pilot reviews!

Please note that our average lead time can be longer during busier periods, so it’s essential to consider this if you want your custom t-shirts for a special event or occasion. 

Our t-shirt embroidery process 

To get the ball rolling, simply fill out a quotation form with a brief overview of your request, and a member of our expert team will contact you.

Step 1: Send your design

Email your logo or design in a vector format, such as an EPS or PDF file, or an AI if possible. If you’re unsure or this isn’t possible, don’t worry – our team is on hand to provide any advice and guidance where needed and, in most cases, will still be able to ensure your design is completed. 

Please note that we have a minimum order of 8 items for personalised embroidery t-shirt orders, and our team will only start orders once payment is received. 

Step 2: Review and sign off your design

After we have worked our magic on getting your design print-ready, we will send you proof of the design for you to sign off. Study the template thoroughly to ensure the colours and positionings are correct.

If you want to make any changes, we can work together to ensure you’re 100% happy with the proof before it goes to print. 

Please note that once you have signed off on the design and it has gone to print, we can no longer make any changes for you. 

Step 3: That’s it!

Once you have approved the design, our team will get to work, ensuring an extremely competitive turnaround of around seven days.

A rack showing a wide range of t-shirts in various colours, covering the colours of the rainbow. From the left, the t-shirts are green, yellow, orange, pink, red, dark green, purple, blue.

Custom t-shirt embroidery at Buytshirtsonline 

When choosing Buytshirtsonline for all your embroidery needs, you choose the best service and quality for your garments. Our team is expert in providing bespoke, premium embroidery services for polo shirts, and we pride ourselves on being the very best at what we do. 

Once you come on board and get in touch with a team member, we will assign you and your project your very own project manager, who will work with you every step to help with any requests, adjustments or ideas. 

We’re here to help, whether you already know exactly what design you would like or need some inspiration and direction into how the finished polo should look!

Explore our premium polo shirts today to find the perfect base for your design, including top picks by Fruit of the Loom, Awdis Just Cool, and Asquith & Fox

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